The American Behind India’s 9/11—And How U.S. Botched Chances to Stop Him
But the questions linger. And the man at the center of the labyrinth is fittingly contradictory and enigmatic.
Headley slid among personas and cultures with ease, not completely at home in any of them. He spouted hateful anti-Semitic and anti-Indian rhetoric but loved the films of the Coen brothers and Bollywood. He veered from caring and generous to cold and treacherous. He washed out of military schools and clashed with authority figures, yet saw himself as a warrior and hoped his son would become a special forces commando.
Investigators and experts suggest a variety of motivations driving him: ideology, money, women, glory and, above all, an appetite for adrenalin.
“The pattern is risk-taking,” said Sageman. “He wants to live for the moment. He is not above taking crazy risks. … He just likes the adventure. He loves the game.”
Contributing: Sabrina Shankman and David Montero for PBS FRONTLINE.
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